Last night’s episode of Question Time suffered an awkward moment when the audience were asked who supports Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda policy, but the programme has also been accused of a stitch up over another matter.
″Is there anyone here who supports what the government is doing?”, presenter Fiona Bruce asked.
Almost every person in the room put their hand down.
“These people are willing to risk their life. I wouldn’t give a damn about going to Rwanda”, one audience member said.
“I’d be more concerned about the risk of crossing the Channel in a small dinghy.”
Who was missing?
The show was from Bristol but had no-one representing the city’s largest political party.
BBC Question Time had a panel of guests from the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems, as well as a right-wing journalist and the boss of Oxfam.
But Green Party figures nationally and in the city have described the programme as a ‘stitch-up’, after no-one from the party was invited to take part.
The Green Party has the largest number of councillors elected to City Hall and one of them is the party’s national co-leader.
Nationally, a Green Party senior figure Ed Fraser, described the issue as ‘an absolute stitch up’, in a tweet quoting the experience of another senior Green Party figure who was booked to go on Newsnight on Wednesday, but dropped at the last minute.
“Question Time is in a constituency with 17 Green councillors tonight and they won’t have us on the show, yet (are) quite happy to boot our deputy leader off Newsnight the night before. Producers constantly get away with palming us off, it’s not on,” Fraser wrote.